The Skinny on Beer Prices from Around the NHL

Updated: February 25, 2013
Bell Centre

Beer and sports go hand in hand – they really always have.  Like anything in life, prices seem to always be going up, up, up.  Beer prices are certainly no exception.  We at LWOS have followed a site called for some time.  Periodically they put out some really great insight into beer industry as it relates directly to sports.  Back in January we ran an infographic on “Beer Consumption and the Superbowl“.  The article was wildly successful, as we had many “thank-you” notes sent across my desk…errr, laptop.

Today, we bring hockey fans an interesting look at beer prices from around the NHL’s arenas.  There are certainly some surprises, particularly with the high and low.  It was interesting to see how SaveOnBrew examined the cost fans of each team would have to pay at their respective arenas to “Fill the Cup” (Stanley Cup) with beer – nice idea!

Note that all prices have been equalized into a price per 12 ounces. That way arenas that sell 20 ounce beers (ie Bell Centre) are not been penalized, and we have a fair apples to apples (lager to lager) comparison. All prices have also been normalized to US Dollars and are at a BEFORE TAX amount.

So, without further ado, I give you the beer prices from around the NHL.  Before you take a look, please remember to follow us on Twitter – @LastWordOnSport.  If interested, follow our hockey department – @LastWordOnNHL, @LastWordBKerr and @BigMick99.


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Data via and is based on information reported by each team during a survey

Bell Centre Photo Credit: haven’t the slightest via photopin cc


  1. Mattyleg

    February 25, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Montreal pricing is wrong: for a 14 oz. beer at the Bell Centre, it costs $9.57 + 15% tax, which equals $11.00

  2. James

    February 25, 2013 at 10:33 am

    You have Phoenix on the list twice with the US Airways Center (no longer used) and Center. No Washington D.C. Verizon Center.

  3. aj

    February 25, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    United center price is wrong. It’s 8.50 a brew. For a domestic.

  4. Jan Ondracek

    February 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    These prices are incorrect, a beer costs 8 dollars and the Scotiabank Saddledome and 8.25 for a kieths. Before anyone says anything about US and Cad exchange rates its 1 to 1

    • Ben Kerr

      February 25, 2013 at 1:38 pm

      Where are US and Canadian Exchange rates 1 to 1?

      I’ve got it at 0.97 today.

      Also, are you normalizing to the correct size?

      Also these prices are BEFORE TAX so that is likely your big difference maker.

      • j2

        February 25, 2013 at 6:43 pm

        Why before tax!?! Why would I care? The only people who care about the before tax numbers are the people selling me the beer and the government.

  5. mark

    February 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! You guys are precise. We get the info by calling the arenas. So if you think it’s wrong, take it up there. The prices are a few weeks old, at this point, so you have to adjust slightly for whatever the exchange rate was at that blip in time.

    As far as arenas that are gone or renamed, what can we say, it gets complicated. Ah, the internet, God bless ya!

    • Ben Kerr

      February 25, 2013 at 6:42 pm

      Thanks Mark.

      I think the big issue is arenas are giving you the pre-tax price, and most people are figuring what they pay after taxes. So the numbers are different there.

      The other issue is of course the exchange rate.

      We appreciate all the work though.

  6. Jeff

    February 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    BS Draft beer is $9 at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh

  7. hkycoach

    February 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    Definitely wrong $$$ on the Montreal Canadiens. And if memory serves correct, it’s a 20 oz that gets served at the concession stand, and 14 oz cans in the stands.

    • Ben Kerr

      February 25, 2013 at 8:27 pm

      Its been explained already.

      1) taxes
      2) exchange rate to US dollars
      3) equalize the size

  8. Anonymous

    February 26, 2013 at 1:05 am

    Paid 23 dollars for 2 bud’s and a bottle of water last week at the United Center.

  9. Mr. Magoo

    February 26, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Your excessive JPEG compression makes baby Jesus cry.

    • Michael Kovacs

      February 26, 2013 at 6:58 pm

      Sorry, Magoo. We’ll work on that for next time!

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  11. The Axis

    October 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    The beer idndenver is probably that crappy coors that is mostly water anyhow.

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